Women Suddenly Froze as a Man Shouts at the End of the Conference

A man walked to the front of the church and turned to face the women. When he spoke, we froze.

We thought the Ethiopian women leaders’ conference was over. The last song was sung. The last testimony was given, or so we thought.

With great emotion and a loud shout, the man got everyone’s attention.

We had seen this man many times in the three days of the conference. He’d arrive a little late, sit in the back, and leave quickly when the day’s teaching was over. We were told he was the spiritual development leader for the association of churches in this Ethiopian region.

This conference was not the first time a man had attended our women’s conferences. Pastors in closed-to-Christianity countries sometimes come to learn or observe. Once in Uganda, 60 tribal leaders sat in the back rows to ensure that our teaching was biblically faithful. We had assumed this man was doing the same. At first, we thought something we’d said must have sounded wrong to his ears.

Then he began to speak. His commanding voice began to soften. Tears streamed down his cheeks.

We leaned over to our translator and asked, “What is he saying?” The translator whispered . . .

“Learning God’s story and his part in God’s story touched him so deeply. The greatest impact was truly understanding his identity in Christ.”

The man then started speaking directly to us.

“When you asked the questions, what does the world say about you? What does the enemy say about you? And what do you say about yourself? It made me uncover deep wounds.

When we turned in the Bible to learn what God says about me, so…much… joy… came.”

This strong man’s eyes, wet with tears, met our eyes. He composed himself and turned back to the women, who were all wide-eyed and sitting still. He declared:

“Of all the places these ministers could go, they came here! Why? Because God heard you. God knows your spiritual hunger and sent these women to you. It is a precious gift!

You need to take this gift and use it to reach others. Not just teaching one or two but reaching ALL THE WOMEN IN ETHIOPIA!!”

With that, the women shouted praises to God! Hallelujah! One woman started singing, and others joined in.

All In Conference in Ethiopia

Six months later, these women leaders fulfilled their commitment to God to go and make disciples reporting:

  • 3,242 gospel presentations have been given – including reaching rural areas
  • 81 people made first-time decisions for Jesus
  • 255 women are now in weekly bible studies using the study Bibles provided
  • 70 women are currently in prayer groups

We never know who God will send to All In conferences. We’re honored to serve and grateful for the generosity of our All In monthly Change Partners for making conferences possible.

May we all serve God knowing our identity in Christ – working from a position of acceptance rather than for acceptance. Hallelujah and amen!

One Verse Can Change the Game

One line of scripture can completely transform and change the direction of someone’s life.

The Bible is alive – a living document that feeds our soul, answers our questions, and ultimately points us to the truth in ALL things.

We’ve all heard that the Bible is powerful. But do you believe in the power of the living Word of God?

Do you believe one line of text on a page can change the trajectory of someone’s life?

One verse starts a journey leading to another verse. God’s hand leading you and directing your path, weaving scripture into a story He knows you need to hear.

One of our Romanian Ministry Partners shared how God used one verse to lead her through His word and impact her at the AIM Receive Conference.

First, she told us that she wrote down two words in her journal. The words “healing” and “rest” were her first thoughts as she dove into the question “what did I come to RECEIVE at this conference.”

She said, “Jesus, my good shepherd gently invited me to search my soul throughout the weekend: Did I need rest? Supernatural peace? Healing from deep wounds?”

She was seeking, and God was ready to reveal. He already knew what she needed to hear.

She says, “I was deeply moved by what the Father had to say to me during the Ezekiel exercise.  The promise found in Ezekiel 34:12 gave me insight into the heart of my good Shepherd and the work He wanted to do in my family.  

Moments after teaching how Jesus is our Good Shepherd at the AIM Receive Conference in Romania, we saw a shepherd leading his flock along the side of the road. God is in the details.

As a shepherd seeks out his flock when he is among his sheep that have been scattered, so will I seek out my sheep, and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness.

Ezekiel 34:12

She continued, “We had recently experienced some dark valleys together and were feeling scattered, oppressed, and hopeless. The cross-reference for verse 12 led me to read Joel 2:12.

“Yet even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;”

Joel 2:12

The encouragement and hope I received from the Lord through that passage brought me to tears.  God reminded me that the battle we were facing as a family was being fought on our behalf in the heavenlies.

The final cross-reference I read was Exodus 10:14, which further clarified the immensity of the spiritual battle we had been up against, and the enemy’s agenda of “destruction,” unlike anything we had faced before.”

“The locusts came up over all the land of Egypt and settled on the whole country of Egypt, such a dense swarm of locusts as had never been before, nor ever will be again.”

Exodus 10:14

God moves through Scripture.

God knows what you need to see in His Word.

God wants you to know He is with you even in the small details.

She finished by saying, “I was able to pray in the quietness of my room, releasing the battle into God’s hands, and receiving His hope and promise to rescue and deliver our family from the enemy’s plan to bring destruction.”



Women gather at the Romanian AIM Receive Conference.

One verse leads to another verse. Mindset shifted as God’s everlasting love and plan is revealed through His Word.

Consider how one verse could change everything for someone else. If you feel led to share God’s Word with someone, God may be speaking through you. So share His word with others. Even if it’s one verse, it may be the exact one they need to hear.

God gave you the Bible to use as a tool, and He can use one verse to change the game for you too. All great stories start with a single line of text, and yours is no exception. One single line from the Creator who knows His plan for you can point you in the right direction. Game Changer.

Turning Tears Into Pearls...The Power of Testimonials Article by All In Ministries | allinmin.org

Turning Your Tears into Pearls for Others – The Power of Testimonies

Sharing God stories is powerful. Walls are torn down. The power of “I can relate” takes place, as women identify with others’ triumphs and trials. Community forms and the gospel is shared.

But, most importantly, God is glorified.

That’s why at every AIM conference we make testimonies a priority.

In Romania, we heard several powerful examples of God working in the lives of women before and during the conference.* One young woman shared,

Turning Your Tears Into Pearls for Others - The Power of Testimonies Romania Conference Brochure

“I grew up in a Christian home, but we did not learn about the love of God.

When I was sexually abused at school, shame-filled me and led me down a path of drugs and alcohol.

Two years ago, I discovered God’s love and I thought I was healed. I wanted to help other women heal from sexual abuse.

When my fiancé broke off our engagement, I did not want to help anyone anymore. But, at this conference, I took steps of healing.

I discovered God loves me for who I am, not what I do, or how I look.

I am willing to serve the Lord again.”

The AIM conference teaches how forgiveness leads to freedom…and freedom leads to experiencing the fullness of God (John 10:10). One woman knew what it was like to be in bondage spiritually and physically. She shared,

Turning Your Tears Into Pearls for Others - The Power of Testimonies Romania Conference Women making notes in their Study Bibles

“I was sentenced to jail for 10 years.

When I was released, it was very difficult for me.

In prison, I had time with God. But I did not know how to act on my faith.

I would ask God, ‘Are you still loving me?’

After attending this conference, I am a changed woman.

I know He loves me and I am now physically free and spiritually free.

Now, I know how to live with God to fulfill His purpose for my life.”

Many other stories of life change took place in Romania. The women’s ministry team there is ready and equipped to help the women fulfill their purpose to be a disciple who makes disciples.

When we transitioned to Hungary, we were curious if anyone would share their testimonies. We knew the cultures were different but also knew God was at work. We were so blessed when one of the musical worship leaders in Hungary shared her God story,

“I did not have big challenges growing up until college.

My parents divorced and a serious relationship I had ended.

Someone told me God will use my tears and turn them into pearls for others.

I’ve learned how prayer and the Word of God has kept me alive.”

Yes, God used her tears and turned them into pearls for others, as she shared on the last night of the AIM conference.

It was beautiful. And, it was new.

Worship at the AIM Abide Conference in Hungary

We learned that this conference was the first of its kind in Hungary. Ministries came together and women from different denominations and churches responded.

The team of leaders in Hungary want to continue growing the sisterhood that was formed during the conference. This way more lives are changed and they can bring change to Budapest…and the rest of their nation.

Consider how your tears can be turned into pearls for others.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Be brave. Share your God story with others. You never know how God will be glorified.

*Testimonies are translated into English in phrases. Often, we need to add words to complete the thought when writing out others’ testimonies. We work hard to convey an accurate reflection of a woman’s testimony shared at the AIM conference based on what information the translator provides us.

AIM Romania Receive Conference and Hungary Abide Conference 2019 | This One Decision May Change The World

This One Decision May Change The World

We let the women know this decision was coming.

We gave them days to think about it. As the question hung in the air, we prayed. Will they do it, Lord? Help them do it, Lord.

Susan Freese teaches at the AIM Receive Conference in Romania.

“Will you take what you learned and pass it on to others? Will you be a disciple who makes disciples of Jesus? If yes, please stand before God and make a commitment.”

For three days – in both Romania and Hungary – we taught the women the essentials of the faith and how to deepen their relationship with God. Through a vibrant, intimate relationship with the Lord, they learned how to serve Him in the overflow of that real relationship. Working with God, not for Him. Serving from a position of acceptance, not for acceptance.

The Hungarian women shared with us how they were told they would not make good leaders or disciple-makers because they are bad drivers. We thought they were being funny! No, they weren’t. They were serious.

The Romanian women were told “women” and “leadership” do not go together. Culture sets limits.

AIM Hungary Abide Conference 2019
Women gathered at the AIM Abide Conference in Budapest, Hungary to learn how they can be an important part in God’s story.

Rest assured, AIM is not trying to “empower” women in a positional, political sense to take over leadership roles. We simply equip women to be disciples who make disciples to change the world. (John 4 repeated.) Yet, in these two separate and unique cultures, the idea of training is similarly associated with leadership. From what the missionaries explained, discipleship training has never before been offered to women in Hungary.

The question of commitment was far greater than the AIM conference training for multiplication. Empty cathedrals and churches sprinkled all over Europe await action. Who are going to be doers of the word and not hearers only (James 1:22)? This question meant standing up for something rarely offered to women. Standing up meant they were standing against cultural norms. Standing up meant standing before God to be a disciple-maker.

We stood back and watched as each woman encountered the living God.

One by one each woman rose to her feet to take an oath in front of God to be a disciple who makes disciples of Jesus Christ.

Yes, 100% of the women in both Romania and Hungary made the commitment! To God be ALL the Glory!!!

No more questioning what God’s plan and purpose is for women in Romania and Hungary. No more wondering how to abide, study the Bible, or pass on the faith. The women were equipped and unleashed to make a difference in their circles of influence that God has entrusted to them!

Women at the AIM Abide Conference in Hungary
AIM Abide Conference in Hungary

As our in-country AIM champions in both nations follow up with the women individually, please pray that the seeds sown would produce a 100-fold harvest. Pray for the women who are married to unbelievers to love their spouse well, so their husbands may enjoy the aroma of Christ in their home and be drawn to Him. Pray for the single women to find completion and wholeness in who they are in Christ. Pray for the mothers to live an authentic faith behind closed doors knowing that their assignment to be a disciple-maker starts at home.

There are many stories of redemption, reconciliation, and renewal that happened during the AIM conferences in Romania and Hungary in the past two weeks. Those life-changing encounters happened because of our beloved AIM ministry partners. Thank you for your prayers and your generosity to change the world one woman at a time.

140 Bibles were given to the Romanian women attending the AIM Receive Conference!

If you are not a monthly AIM ministry partner, would you prayerfully consider joining the AIM team?

Monthly support provides stability and growth to expand in new countries and equip other trainers to go make disciples who make disciples. As a donor-funded 501(c)3 ministry, your help is needed and greatly appreciated. Click here to become a monthly support partner, you can make a difference in women around the world.

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